A piquant situation has arisen in Maharashtra with two arms of a government department taking divergent decisions on allotment of land, thereby prompting the Bombay high court to order an inquiry by law and judiciary department into the matter.
The matter arose out of allotment of five acres land by the Revenue department of the Ministry of Revenue and Forests to a family who sold it to Greenfield Cooperative Housing Society in Undri village of Haveli Taluka in Pune district.
The forest department, which also falls under the same ministry, disputed the decision saying the area was forest land and could not have been transferred or sold to any person or body.
Being aggrieved, Greenfields Cooperative Housing Society moved the High Court which, on September 1, asked Joint Secretary of law and Judiciary department V R Patil to conduct and inquiry and submit a report within a month.
Until then, the court ordered status quo on the plot of land in question.